In this unique piece by T+ L’s Wine & Spirits Correspondent Ted Loos that showcases two of the Rhône’s most important family-owned producers: Michel Chapoutier and Philippe Guigal, Chapoutier stands out with two stellar wines from the Côtes-du-Rhône.
“The Côtes-du-Rhône wines are the best quality wine for the price in the entire wine world.”–MICHEL CHAPOUTIER
Chapoutier La Petite Ruche 2012 is a 100% Syrah from young vines with a deep purple color and a big, stinky nose—in a good way. It delivers a blast of brambly raspberry fruit, and a lot of fun for the money. The wildness of the Rhône is on welcome display here.
Chapoutier Monier de la Sizeranne Hermitage 2011 has a truly remarkable nose, with a bouquet of red fruits, sage, and flowers. It’s an elegant, aristocratic wine with a velvety, tannic embrace. You could hold this a long time, but it’s pretty tempting now, since the beginning, middle, and end of the tasting experience are all perfectly in sync.
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